U.S. Navy’s Fifth Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Satellite Now Supporting Troops with Ultra High Frequency Communications

April 24, 2017 – The fifth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. The U.S. Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command, configured one of MUOS-5’s two communications payloads – its legacy UHF payload – to provide additional support for the Navy’s legacy UHF satellite communications mission. Today, narrowband UHF communications is used by every Combatant Command in aircraft, ships, submarines, ground vehicles, as well as by troops in the field and special operations….

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A Great Life Story From a “Doolittle Raider” Pilot

A Great Life Story From a “Doolittle Raider” Pilot By Capt Joseph R. John, April 18, 2017: Op Ed # 345 The below listed article is a firsthand historic account by one of the 16 pilots who participated in the “Tokyo Raid” against Imperial Japan; the raid was led by Lt Col James “Jimmy” Doolittle, US Army Air Corps. The “Tokyo Raid” was launched in retaliation for the December 7, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Forces of Japan.  Seventy-five years later, Americans are still awed by…

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Improved Navy Lighterage System Enables Dynamic Logistical Support

April 13, 2017 – Navy Maritime Prepositioning Force ships USNS Pililaau (T-AK 304) and USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) successfully utilized the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) to discharge equipment and cargo in support of Combined Joint Logistics Over The Shore (CJLOTS) 2017, April 8-12. The INLS is a sea state three (SS3) capable causeway system that resembles a floating pier comprised of interchangeable modules and is used to transfer cargo from Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships to shore areas where conventional port facilities are unavailable or…

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MQ-25 program validates future mission control system through simulated test

April 13, 2017 – The Navy’s MQ-25 program completed its first demonstration representing how the mission control system located aboard the aircraft carrier will control and transmit information to an unmanned air vehicle in the future. The April 11 demonstration validated the first build of the MD-5 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS), a combined hardware and software product, using representative shipboard equipment and a simulated air vehicle at NAS Patuxent River. Capt. Duarte, PMA-268 program manager, observed the test event and said he was very pleased with the…

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U.S. Marine Corps receives approval for CH-53K King Stallion production

April 5, 2017 – The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the Navy’s request for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program to enter into the Production and Deployment April 4. “We have just successfully launched the production of the most powerful helicopter our nation has ever designed. This incredible positive step function in capability is going to revolutionize the way our nation conducts business in the battlespace by ensuring a substantial increase in logistical throughput into that…

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F/A-18 Fleet Support Team Ensures Hornet Readiness

April 7, 2017 – A group of about 500 engineers, logisticians, chemists and scientists make up the organization that serves as the catalyst behind the Navy’s efforts to maintain the readiness of its F/A-18 Hornet fighter force. From organizational to depot-level repairs and maintenance, the Fleet Support Team (FST) is the in-service support provider of engineering and logistics solutions to all F/A-18 activities. “About 90 percent of the aircraft in terms of its systems, structure and components is all handled out of this activity,” said F/A-18 & EA-18G FST Leader…

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USS Porter Completes Patrol; Returns to Rota

April 11, 2017 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota following the completion of its third forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol, April 11, 2017. Porter departed Rota Nov. 30, 2016, to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. During the patrol, Porter participated in Romanian-led multinational exercise Sea Shield 2017 and Allied Maritime Command-led multilateral exercise Dynamic Manta 2017, interacting with multiple allied and partner nation navies. In addition, Porter, along with USS Ross…

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USS Leyte Gulf Visits Wilhelmshaven

April 10, 2017 – USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) arrived in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for a scheduled port visit, April 9, to enhance U.S.- Germany relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO under Operation Atlantic Resolve.

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T-45C Operational Pause Implemented

April 5, 2017 – The US Navy implemented a three-day operational pause for its T-45C fleet Wednesday at the direction of Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces. The pause is in response to concerns raised by T-45C pilots over the potential for physiological episodes. It will also allow time for Naval Aviation leadership to engage with the pilots, hear their concerns and discuss the risk mitigation efforts that are ongoing to correct this issue. Flight operations are expected to resume on Monday. Last Friday, 94 flights were cancelled…

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United States Navy Certifies Revolution Lighting Technologies Advanced LED Tube for use throughout the Entire U.S. Navy Fleet

April 6, 2017 – Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc., a leader in advanced LED lighting technology solutions, today announced that the U.S. Navy has certified its two (2) foot T8 LED tube for the military standard, and is ready for use in the U.S. Navy fleet. Revolution has also received an official part number that can be used throughout the fleet to order its advanced high efficiency LED tube. National Stock Number for the two foot tube is 6240-01-610-2124. Certification by the U.S. Navy is the culmination of a rigorous testing…

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USS Bonhomme Richard arrives in Okinawa, disembarks 31st MEU Marines

April 6, 2017 – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, to disembark 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) equipment, vehicles and personnel, April 6. Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 27. During the patrol, Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU completed amphibious integrated training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX). “I continue to be amazed by the professionalism and determination of our blue-green team,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “They flawlessly executed the…

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Sea-Air-Space Expo Enhances Navy Information Warfare Conversation

Conversations surrounding cybersecurity, innovation and support to the warfighter echoed through the Information Warfare (IW) pavilion at this year’s Sea-Air-Space (SAS) Exposition, April 3-5. Within the pavilion itself, attendees and exhibitors were able to speak with engineers, researchers, developers and subject matter experts regarding some of the newest technology and concepts playing a role in military IW operations. Cryptologic Technician Networks 2nd Class Michael Suarez, assigned to Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG), explained how SAS provided an opportunity to showcase his command’s mission and role in cyber readiness. “Navy…

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Navy Deploys P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to Search for Missing South Korean Sailors

April 7, 2017 – The U.S. Navy deployed a Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime aircraft to Galeo Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Apr. 6 to search for members assigned to a missing Republic of Korea vessel. The Republic of Korea ship, Stella Daisy, departed Brazil March 26, and is believed to have sunk in the South Atlantic with 22 crew members unaccounted for. An aircraft and crew from Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) deployed from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to conduct international search and rescue operations at the request…

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Navy to Christen Guided—Missile Destroyer Paul Ignatius

April 7, 2017 – The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Saturday, April 8 during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Paul Ignatius is named in honor of the Honorable Paul Ignatius, who served as assistant secretary of defense for installations and logistics and later as secretary of the navy between 1967 and 1969, both under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Ignatius had previously served as a commissioned lieutenant in the Navy during…

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